The varsity basketball team’s season didn’t go as planned, but the team was tight and showed heart and grind until the very end. Coach Murphy talked about keeping things in perspective, saying “I was thinking about how our record isn’t what it should be, but then my wife asked me ‘Are they good kids?’ and ‘Do they work hard?’ and my answer to both questions was yes. And she was like ‘What more can you ask for?’”
The season came with successes on the court, however. The boys got a fully healthy team in early January and rattled off 4 out of 5 wins against Milton, Groton, BB&N, and a very good Lawrence team. Captain Josh Baldwin ‘21 found his groove offensively while Casey Rockett 21’ and Jaden Hill ‘22 locked in on D to spark this turnaround. It was followed by a heartbreaking loss to 1st place in Class A Philips Exeter and a tough rivalry loss to Sebs, but we turned it around. A two-win week against Tabor and Thayer boosted the team’s confidence. Harry Lodge ‘22 and Big John Milewski ‘23 anchored the stifling defense played during this stretch. This confidence inspired us to play really close games against three of the top five ISL teams in Brooks (ISL champs), St. George’s (2nd), and Gov’s (5th).
We were competitive and lost more really close games than can be counted. With the core of our group coming back including both captains, those L’s will be W’s next year. As Martin Wilson ‘22 put it, “We gotta do something special next year. Gotta change the narrative and put BH basketball back on top.” With this mindset, we will be ready to play come next fall.